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In 1982-83, the federally mandated Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) was signed into law. With an emphasis on training, the JTPA monies were overseen locally by the Private Industry Council (PIC). When the JTPA funding was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, PIC evolved into the CSS Workforce New York System. Our mission now encompasses the entire system of workforce development efforts including career exploration, job-employee matching tools, training, human resource consulting, etc. In partnership with service providers, educators, employers, and others in the workforce development system, we administer the funds now available through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Thanks to funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, all of the services offered under the Workforce New York umbrella by our organization and our partners are offered on a no-fee basis both to employers and job seekers.  As you can see we have a long history of economic development.  Today, we continue to envision a Workforce New York system that responds to business needs for qualified workers based on the skills required for economic competitiveness.